Houston Debuts New Common Application For Charter Schools

BY The SchoolMint Collective

By: Laura Isensee, Houston Public Media, November 2, 2017

Houston charter schools, in partnership with SchoolMint, are taking a page from the world of higher education, with the launch of a new online common application for prospective students.

Families can now apply to five different charter school networks at the same time online at They include large ones like KIPP and YES Prep; smaller ones, like A Plus Up and Promise Community Schools; and a brand new charter, called Etoile.

“Houston parents have become accustomed to having a diversity of choices and this movement —  this  —  is really just about helping parents become better consumers to be able to better navigate the marketplace of school options,” said Rachael Dempsey, with the advocacy group Families Empowered. It’s managing the common application.

With the new streamlined process, Dempsey expects more than 40,000 applications and said that it may introduce some parents to new options.

Read the entire article on Houston Public Media.

For more information on common application timelines and process, for charter schools and for school districts view these webinar recordings: Empowering Families – School Choice on Parents’ Terms featuring Denver and Camden and An Online Common Application for K12 – NYC and Missouri.